BYU (Brigham Young University) is operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, often mistakenly called the “Mormon Church.” BYU students take nearly a semester of spiritually uplifting, stimulating religion classes.
In this series (see below), students enrolled in scripture study classes have shared their thoughts, insights, and reflections on the Book of Mormon in the form of letters to someone they know. We invite you to take a look at their epiphanies and discoveries as they delve into the scriptures.
In publishing these, we fulfill their desire to speak to all of us of the relevance, power and beauty of the Book of Mormon, a second witness of Jesus Christ and complement to the Bible. The Book of Mormon includes the religious history of a group of Israelites who settled in ancient America. (The names they use are those of prophets who taught the Book of Mormon peoples to look forward to the coming of Christ—Nephi, Lehi, Alma, Helaman, and other unfamiliar names. We hope those names will become more familiar to you as you read their inspiring words and feel the relevance and divinity of their messages through these letters.)
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About Mormons: Why Serve A Mission For the Mormon Church
Many of you may be asking, “Why are you serving a mission?” Sometimes I have to ask myself that question as well, but I have found a scripture in Alma 43 that basically sums it up.
Alma 43:46 reads: “And they were doing that which they felt was the duty which they owed to their God.”
Although it is not required of young women to serve as a missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it is definitely something to consider with deep thought and prayer. I have had several amazing experiences where time after time, I know the Lord was telling me that a mission is the right thing for me to do. This is what the Lord has in store for me. I know that to be true. It wasn’t necessarily what I had in mind for my future, but the Lord does know what each and every one of us needs. This is my duty.
Also, I see a mission as a way to become like our Father in Heaven and His Son, Jesus Christ, as well. As a missionary, I will teach the gospel to the people of Guatemala. I will do this through my example, through teaching lessons, through the scriptures, through pray, etc. This is exactly what the Savior did while He was on earth. I am not saying in any way that I compare to the Savior, but the lifestyle I am going to strive to live for 18 months is based on His example.
This truly is my sacred duty, and I cannot wait to begin my missionary service!